Oregon State Parks banned barbecues using charcoal briquettes Sunday throughout Cove Palisades State Park and took other steps to prevent a repeat of a 200-acre fire that destroyed two homes near Culver, forced evacuations and was traced to improperly disposed of briquettes.
A woman awoke to the smell of smoke, and she and her two sons escaped their burning home in northwest Bend early Sunday, a blaze that investigators said was caused by a gas barbecue on the back porch that had been accidentally left on.
A home off Galveston Avenue in northwest Bend is being transformed into a new recreational marijuana shop. It's located just a few feet from a pre-school and day care, sparking concern and even outrage from some area neighbors and businesses.
Central Oregon drug agents stopped a car and arrested a Washington state man and a transient in Redmond Walmart parking lot Wednesday night, later seizing about a pound of methamphetamine found hidden in the dashboard, officials said.